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Around Town First Day July 28, 2015

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

ALLEY CLOSURE— Coats Plumbing and Heating will be working at 1105 W. Missouri Ave. the alley will be closed today thru Thursday, July 30, to repair a sewer tap.
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION — Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will hold religious education registration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 12, 19, and 26 in the Saint Damien Center. For more information call the parish office at 748-1356.
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ICE CREAM SOCIAL — First Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites you to join us for our annual Ice Cream Social.  The event is free and will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday July 31, in the courtyard of the church.  Bring your own lawn chair.  (There will be musical entertainment followed by a movie)  The church is located on the corner of 4th and Grand Ave.
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PAWS AND CLAWS— Paws and Claws will be distributing spay and neuter certificates at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1,   at the city animal shelter 501 Paddy Wagon. Eddy county residents only.  Donations appreciated.
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ARTESIA HEAD START — SENMCAC head start program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 year. Child must have turned 3 or 4 by Sept. 1, 2015. Children who turn 5 before Sept. 1 are not eligible. Documents needed for enrollment are State issued birth Certificate, immunization record, income verification, Medicaid or health insurance card. To schedule an appointment call 575-748-1141.
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SOCCER BOOSTERS — All parents of Artesia High School Boys Soccer players are encouraged to attend the booster club meetings scheduled at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday through August 13, 2015 at the Mack Chase Complex Soccer Field. For more information, contact Amy Pelletier at 308-6181.
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LADIES BIBLE STUDY — All Ladies are invited to join a Ladies Noon Bible study Thursday, Aug. 13, at First Baptist Church TLC Building. Our study will cover the book of Romans. Each lesson contains wonderful applications for our lives today. This study is geared for women of all denominations. The lessons are covered during the lunch hour every Thursday and are perfect for busy working women. A church provided lunch is available for $3 beginning on Sept. 10. Contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523 for more information.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

GUN RAFFLE — The Bulldog Basketball Boosters are raffling an AR-15 to raise funds for the upcoming season. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any player’s parent or at George Gandy Insurance. The drawing will be held Sept. 5.
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SEEK FIRST FOOTBALL — Registration is ongoing for boys and girls in grades K-5 for the Seek First Sports flag football program. Cost is $30 per child, $5 less for each additional child in the same family. Register online at www.fbcartesia.org or at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center, corner of Roselawn and Richardson avenues. Pick up medical waivers and make payment at FBC. Practices begin Aug. 24. For more information, contact FBC at 748-1308.
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CBS REGISTRATION — Women and their children are invited to pre-register from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at The Jahva House for the Community Bible Study of Isaiah. For more information, visit the registration or contact Betsy at 317-3108.
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STREET CLOSURE — New Mexico Gas Co. will be closing South Permian Pavilion now through Wednesday, July 29, for the installation of a gas tap for Hampton Inn and Suites.
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AYSA REGISTRATION — Registration dates for the Artesia Youth Soccer Association’s 2015 season are as follows: 6-7 p.m. July 28 and 30 at Faith Baptist Church, 20th Street and Grand Avenue, and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at Yum Yum Yogurt. Registration fee is $40 per child; a late fee of $50 will be required for registration after Aug. 1. Soccer jersey cost is $15. For more information, contact Darlene at 748-7152 or Jerry at 432-210-8423.
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AHS CROSS COUNTRY — All parents of Artesia High School cross country athletes in grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend a Booster Club meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at The Jahva House. For more information, contact Coach Ebarb at 575-616-9034 or Lucia at 575-616-9538.
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ZIA PTO — The Zia Intermediate School PTO will hold an opening meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in Room 12.
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SUMMER MOVIES — The Artesia Arts Council will continue its summer movie series with “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen, at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in Heritage Walkway. The movie and popcorn are free; bring a chair and a drink.
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GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER — The 7024U Youth Outreach Center will hold a garage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, July 31, and 8 a.m. – noon Saturday, Aug. 1, at 702 W. Chisum Ave. Donations are needed; items will be accepted from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. July 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29 at the center.
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NEW MVD HOURS — The Artesia Eddy County Motor Vehicle Department is changing its hours of operation beginning Aug. 1. New hours will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY — Habitat for Humanity of Artesia has rescheduled its blitz build for Aug. 1-2 at the new home at 606 Cleveland Ave.
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LANE CLOSURE — New Mexico Gas Co. will be closing the east northbound lane of 26th Street near 610 N. 26th St. Monday, Aug. 3, through Wednesday, Aug. 5, for the installation of a gas tap for the new car wash.
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ALTRUSA — Altrusa International of Artesia will hold a regular business meeting at noon Monday, Aug. 3, in the CVE Community Room, 1403 N. 13th St. Hospital will provide lunch for $6. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact any Altrusan or Anna Pitts at 703-5034.
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QUARTERBACK CLUB — The Artesia Quarterback Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Bulldog Bowl field house. All men interested in the football program are welcome. Officers will be elected and the upcoming hamburger fry discussed.
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BOOK SALE — The Friends of the Artesia Public Library will host a used book sale from noon – 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at 9:30 a.m. – noon Saturday, Aug. 8, at the library. Hardbacks will be $1 and paperbacks 25 cents. Proceeds will benefit library programs and services.
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YOUTH FOOTBALL — Registration for the City of Artesia’s youth tackle football, flag football and cheerleading programs is ongoing through Aug. 14 at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Tackle football is open to boys in grades 5-6, and only 88 registrations will be accepted; cost is $65. Flag football is open to boys in grades 1-4; cost is $35. Cheerleading is open to girls in grades 1-6; cost is $35. Coaches are also needed for all programs. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal or Miriam Kramer at 746-9009.
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL — The first day of school for Artesia Public Schools students in grades 1-12 will be Monday, Aug. 17. Kindergarteners will begin Monday, Aug. 24.
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SHOES FOR PETS — New Mexico’s only no-kill shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking residents to donate gently-worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations. Shoes may be dropped off at the bin inside Blue Lily. To schedule a pickup or for more information, call 308-2199.
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HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT — Classical Conversations, a group designed to help support local homeschool families by offering resources and encouragement, meets from 9-10:30 a.m. Fridays at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. For more information, visit classicalconversations.com.
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PVPG ART SALE — The Pecos Valley Potter’s Guild Art Sale, a noted yearly arts and crafts market in Roswell, is accepting applications for its 34th annual event, scheduled for Nov. 13-15 at the Roswell Convention Center. The guild selects quality guest artists working in a variety of media to participate in the sale with an emphasis placed on unique and original art and fine crafts, including painting, drawing, prints, glass, photography, sculpture, metal, textiles, fiber arts, wood, leather and mixed media. Applications will be accepted until late October. Spaces are limited and first come, first served. To apply, visit www.roswellpottersartsale.org or contact Barbara at 626-8033 or [email protected]
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DRUG & CRIME COALITION RELOCATION — The Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition has relocated to 402 W. Grand Ave. inside First Presbyterian Church. Contact ADCC at 746-2721, 703-0012 or 817-889-3755.
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CELEBRATE RECOVERY — Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Westside Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 736-0201.
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ON THE MOVE — On the Move is seeking volunteers and donations to help the homeless and those in need. Anyone interested in volunteering or becoming a board member may call 708-0033.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice’s Caregiver Support Group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. The group is open to any caregiver of the chronically and terminally ill and is free of charge. For more information, contact Samantha at 575-887-0933.
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MEALS ON WHEELS — Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.
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KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE — The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).